Despite the cold temp and wintry weather, March has arrived and many of our thought have turned to spring. One tried and true sign that spring is around the corner is the start of Daylight Saving Time, which begins on Sunday at 2 a.m.
Though some may mourn the loss of sleep, most will welcome the extra hour of light in the evening hours on Sunday. Here are some fact at DST that you may not know:
- Although often referred to a "Daylight Savings Time" the official name is Daylight Saving Time (DST).
- DST has kicked off the second Sunday in March since 2007.
- Benjamin Franklin is often credited with creating DST, but though in favor of maximizing daylight hours, he did not actually propose changing the clocks.
- DST was officially instituted during World War I by Germany in an effort to conserve fuel.
- The U.S. followed suit, but abandoned DST soon after. It was revived in 1942 in an effort to conserve resources during World War II.
- DST was made permanent in 1973 when President Richard Nixon signed the Emergency Daylight Saving Time Energy Conservation Act.
- President George W. Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005 into law, establishing the current schedule.
- Hawaii and Arizona don't observe DST, as well as the US territories of Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and American Samoa..
- About 40 percent of the world's countries observe DST. Among those who don't are Russia, China, India and Japan.
- DST ends Nov. 4 when clocks "fall back" one hour.